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World AIDS Day Message: Ohioans, Go Get Tested

November 30, 2007

Columbus, OH – Tomorrow is Worlds AIDS Day, and getting more people tested for HIV is the top priority for Ohio experts. Kevin Sullivan with the Ohio AIDS Coalition says people who have even the slightest risk should get tested, because as many as one in four people who are HIV positive don't realize it.

"That's a significant number of folks out there who don't know they're positive. If we can find those folks, we have the resources now to get them into treatment. That's our biggest challenge right now."

Laureen Tews Harbert, with the AIDS Funding Collaborative, says Ohio gets valuable federal funding for prevention, treatment, and support services, and the next priority is to create programs to meet the needs of specific communities and regions in Ohio.

"What are the gaps that are left? What are the essential programs or initiatives that could be going on in the community that are left unfunded?"

Sullivan says another priority is making sure the next generation knows how to prevent the spread of the disease by the time they enter their teenage years.

"We need to address the issues of comprehensive sexuality education in our school system, and have that education be science-based and age-appropriate."

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are about 20,000 people living with HIV in Ohio, but only 14,000 have been diagnosed.

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH